Central Bank Mortgage Rules Should Look at Rent Payments – Lawless

James Lawless Fianna FailCllr James Lawless has backed calls that the Central Bank rules on mortgage lending, in place since February of last year, need to be reviewed to examine the impact they are having on the ability of young couples and individuals to purchase their first home. In particular, he is calling for the rules to be modified in order that an established track record of paying rent is taken as evidence of ability to service a mortgage.

A survey carried out by Daft.ie last September found that it was cheaper to buy rather than to rent in 43 out of 54 areas covered by the survey. This means that, in up to 80% of the country, individuals and couples would actually be financially better off on a monthly basis paying a mortgage than paying rent for an equivalent property.

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Full House at Lawless Election Event

Dara Calleary TD with Cllr James Lawless

Dara Calleary TD with Cllr James Lawless

There was a full house at Cllr James Lawless’ recent election campaign event in Sallins. The event which was a breakfast for supporters was held at Café Grange in Sallins marked the first in a series of campaign events which the Lawless campaign will be holding around the Kildare North Constituency.

Cllr Lawless was selected in March as the Fianna Fáil candidate for the upcoming general election in Kildare North. The breakfast was a great success with queues forming out the door and barely enough chairs to seat everyone. A great buzz ensued, the mood was optimistic and all present were confident that Fianna Fáil will win a seat back in the constituency at the next election.

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Cllr James Lawless Selected by FF to Contest General Election in Kildare North

Cllr. James Lawless

Cllr. James Lawless

Fianna Fáil Councillor James Lawless was selected to contest the upcoming General Election on behalf of the party for Kildare North. The selection follows a convention which took place at the Westgrove Hotel in Clane with more than 200 members in attendance. The convention was chaired by Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport Timmy Dooley TD.

Speaking following his selection, Cllr Lawless commented, “It is a great honour to be chosen to represent Fianna Fáil in the Kildare North constituency for the upcoming General Election. Fianna Fáil has a proud tradition in Kildare and I look forward to working with the organisation and wider community to regain a seat for the party in Kildare North.”

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Ó Cearúil Calls IBAL Results Into Question

Cllr Naoise Ó Cearúil

Cllr Naoise Ó Cearúil

Cllr. Naoise Ó Cearúil has called on the Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) litter results into question. For the second year in a row the organisation has said that Maynooth, Co. Kildare falls short of “clean” status. It is one of six towns in Ireland to be deemed not “clean”. Ó Cearúil commented, “These results really have to be questioned. Not only has Maynooth won a Bronze medal two years in a row in the Tidy Towns competition but it only won ‘Ireland’s Best Kept Large Town’ last July”.

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Irish Language Committee Created in Kildare County Council

Cllr Naoise Ó Cearúil

Cllr Naoise Ó Cearúil

Kildare County Council have agreed to create an Irish Language Committee (Coiste na Gaeilge), following a motion submitted by Cllr. Naoise Ó Cearúil. The committee will be comprised of eight members to begin. Five councillors, one per grouping, the Irish Officer for the council and two members of the public.

Speaking after the meeting Cllr. Ó Cearúil stated, “this is an important issue to me and to many Irish speakers in Kildare. There is a Gaelscoil in nearly every town in Kildare and Irish Language usage is growing year on year. I stated during the meeting that the committee will be inclusive and seek to promote the language and engage with the public as much as possible.”

The motion received widespread support from Fianna Fáil colleagues and other parties.